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Ena Bacanovic

Creative Director

Specializing in simple, meaningful, and user-driven experiences for screen and print, Ena is a detail-oriented designer with several years of experience wor...king with teams and companies of all sizes—Elevate Labs, Five, PowerToFly, Fiktiv—across diverse platforms and disciplines. Some of her notable clients include Magnolia, Marco Polo, Choice Hotels, Stephen Hawking, TechCrunch, among others. She’s also the founder of the Design Blog and ONNO. 

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Ian Ernzer

Creative Director

Ian Ernzer works with leaders to turn big ideas into brands people love. He has produced award-winning work for top Fortune 500 companies and developed bran...ds for Lightspeed Venture Capital, Okta, and Juvo. He recently spoke at C2 Montreal and is an active mentor at Stanford’s Cardinal Venture accelerator. Ian’s work has been featured on AIGA’s Eye on Design, Awwwards, Business Insider, The Brand Identity, CommArts, and Under Consideration. 

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Lance Shields

Creative Director

Lance is an award-winning design director, product designer, and UX strategist with an MBA. He has 20+ years experience doing hands-on UX/UI design and lead...ing design and strategy at three global agencies, two Fortune 500s, and his own design agency. He has helped shape products and brands for Adobe, Red Bull, Visa, Zipcar, and ADP. His work has won multiple awards including Webby, W3, and Davey Awards. He loves solving complex design problems. 

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Mike Slone

Creative Director

Mike is a highly experienced and successful product, UX, UI, visual, and branding designer with many years of experience creating large- and small-scale des...igns. He has worked for global clients in many industries including ExxonMobil, Reebok, Taco Bell, Nike, and many others. He has also provided his design leadership and experience to startups in healthcare, higher education, and SaaS companies. 

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Brad Burke

Creative Director

Brad is a passionate digital creative director and product designer with over eleven years of professional experience building brands and digital platforms.... He's worked at some of the most highly awarded advertising agencies in the industry including R/GA, AKQA, Razorfish, and Saatchi & Saatchi. His client list includes Nike, Acura, Toyota, Vizio, and countless others. He focuses on designing delightfully intuitive products and experiences. 

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Ana Medina

Creative Director

Ana helps companies solve UX problems and create meaningful experiences through user-centered design. Her goal is to help brands connect with their users th...rough delightful product interactions. 

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Danielle Riley

Creative Director

Danielle is a seasoned multidisciplinary creative director with over a decade of experience building strategic, data-driven designs, advocating for the user..., and leading creative teams. She specializes in crafting UX/UI designs and is a communicative collaborator who has worked in teams of all sizes. 

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Adam Connelly

Creative Director

Adam has deep experience in interaction design, graphic design, digital marketing, social media, influencer marketing, and advertising. His past clients inc...lude Apple, eBay, Microsoft, Pixar, Levi's, Barbie, Kraft, Coors, Williams-Sonoma, PayPal, Nike, and Lululemon. He's visually voracious, obsessed with aesthetics, and just wants to make everything more beautiful. 

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Cristian Strittmatter

Creative Director

Cris understands the craft involved in creating something powerful as well as the effort needed to get there. He's led teams of art directors and designers... to create work on behalf of well-known brands like Honda, Volkswagen, Adidas, and Microsoft, among others. He is able to deliver a spectrum of work that identifies the core purpose behind a product and its brand. Cris strives to find a balance between functional needs and emotional response. 

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Ced Funches

Creative Director

Now focused on startup consulting in UX and UI design, Ced has over a dozen years of experience creating products and user interfaces. Ced started his caree...r in the NBA working as an art director and designer for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he's gone on to lead design teams, create socially-driven experiences, and build creative solutions at some of the world’s best companies. 

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